Geopolitics: International and Planetary

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Politics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Geopolitics: Int'l & Planetary
Fall 2024
Taught By: Samuel Lee
Section: A

CRN: 17194

Credits: 4

Geopolitics is often understood as a strategic contest for power and resources, both conflictual and cooperative. However, geopolitics has involved not just struggles to gain control territory or nature, though these have been, and will continue to be, deeply salient. Geopolitical processes have increasingly become part of a planetary politics: on one hand, in destroying and building ecological worlds for humans and nature, past, present, and future, and on the other, in drawing from planetary power (energy, life, resources) to feed both geopolitical competition and collaboration. The contemporary challenge is to understand the inseparability of these two versions of ‘geo’-politics – the international and the planetary, for short. To do so, this course first looks historically at the nature, causes, and consequences of geopolitical contestation in the traditional sense, focusing on the era from the Cold War to the present. At the same time, it reads these alongside major developments in planetary politics, ranging from the Great Acceleration of the mid 20th century, global environmental politics in the late 20th century, and halting efforts at planetary management in the 21st century. It concludes by reconsidering the landscape of contemporary geopolitics.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Politics (POL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:12am EDT 5/26/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024